Irish Photographer Richard Mosse was awarded the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for his stunning photo series and film installation documenting, in unsettlingly bright pinks and brilliant fuchsias, the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mosse was presented with the award, including a £30 thousand prize, at The Photographers’ Gallery in London yesterday.
For The Enclave, Mosse spent two years embedded with rebel forces in the war-torn eastern region of the DRC, where up to 5.4 million people have died because of the conflict since 1998. Using Kodak Aerochrome, an obsolete type of film developed by military strategists that registers infrared light, Mosse captured hours of haunting footage of the region: soldiers on the move through dense foliage, soldiers playing war to train for a real battle, soldiers riding on the backs of pickup trucks through crowded village streets. This, all set in a lush landscape rendered in striking gradients of bubble-gum pink.
Richard Mosse, Safe from harm, 2012; © Richard Mosse / Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Richard Mosse, Platon, 2012; © Richard Mosse / Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Mosse represented Ireland at last year’s Venice Biennale with The Enclave, which is now being exhibited at FOAM in Amsterdam (our review here).
Mosse was born 1980 in Kilkenny, Ireland. He received his bachelors in English literature from Kings College in 2001 and went on to study at the London Consortium, Goldsmiths, and Yale University, where he earned an MFA in photography. His former work includes Killcam, Airside, and Infra, which won him wide international acclaim.
(Image on top: Richard Mosse, First we take Manhattan, 2012; © Richard Mosse / Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)